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form

noun

1 form

The phonological or orthographic sound or appearance of a word that can be used to describe or identify something:
— The inflected forms of a word can be represented by a stem and a list of inflections to be attached.

synonyms: descriptor, signifier, word form.

Roget 998: rite; ceremony, ritual, liturgy, ceremonial; ordinance, observance, function, duty; form, formulary; solemnity, sacrament; incantation ... show more

Roget 963: legality; legitimacy, legitimateness.    legislature; law, code, corpus juris [Lat.], constitution, pandect, charter, enactment, statute, rule; canon ... show more

Roget 882: ostentation, display, show, flourish, parade, etalage [Fr.], pomp, array, state, solemnity; dash, splash, splurge, glitter, ... show more

Roget 852: fashion, style, ton, bon ton, society; good society, polite society; monde [Fr.]; drawing-room, civilized life, civilization, town, beau monde [Fr.], high life, ... show more

Roget 845: beauty, the beautiful, to kalon [Gr.], le beau ideal.    [Science of the perception of beauty] aesthetics, callaesthetics.    [-beauty of people] pulchritude, form, elegance, grace, beauty unadorned, ... show more

Roget 697: precept, direction, instruction, charge; prescript, prescription; recipe, receipt; golden rule; maxim etc. 496.    rule, canon, ... show more

Dutch: betekenaar, vorm, woordvorm



2 form

A category of things distinguished by some common characteristic or quality:
— Sculpture is a form of art.

synonyms: kind, sort, variety.

Dutch: aard, categorie, genre, ras, soort, type

3 form

A perceptual structure:
— The composition presents problems for students of musical form.

synonyms: pattern, shape.

Polish: forma

4 form

Any spatial attributes (especially as defined by outline).

synonyms: configuration, conformation, contour, shape.

Dutch: conditie, configuratie, fysiek, staat, status, toestand, vorm
Polish: forma, ksztaƂt

5 form

Alternative names for the body of a human being.

synonyms: anatomy, bod, build, chassis, figure, flesh, frame, human body, material body, physical body ... show more.

Roget 7: state, condition, category, estate, lot, ease, trim, mood, pickle, plight, temper; aspect etc. (appearance) ... show more

Roget 215: support, ground, foundation, base, basis; terra firma; bearing, fulcrum, bait [U.S.], caudex crib; point d'appui [Fr.], pou sto [Gr.], purchase footing, hold, ... show more

Roget 240: form, figure, shape; conformation, configuration; make, formation, frame, construction, cut, set, build, trim, cut of one's jib; ... show more

Dutch: personage, vorm, afbeelding, cijfer, menselijk lichaam, vlees
Polish: soma

6 form

The spatial arrangement of something as distinct from its substance.

synonym: shape.

Dutch: vorm

7 form

The visual appearance of something or someone.

synonyms: cast, shape.

Roget 21: copy, facsimile, counterpart, effigies, effigy, form, likeness.    image, picture, photo, xerox, similitude, semblance, ectype, ... show more

Dutch: gedaante, verschijningsvorm

8 form

A printed document with spaces in which to write.

Dutch: formulier
Polish: formularz

9 form

biology A group of organisms within a species that differ in trivial ways from similar groups.

synonyms: strain, var., variant.

Polish: kultura

10 form

An arrangement of the elements in a composition or discourse.

Polish: forma

11 form

A particular mode in which something is manifested.

12 form

physical chemistry A distinct state of matter in a system; matter that is identical in chemical composition and physical state and separated from other material by the phase boundary.

synonym: phase.

Polish: faza, faza termodynamiczna

13 form

A body of students who are taught together.

synonyms: class, course, grade.

Roget 627: method, way, manner, wise, gait, form, mode, fashion, tone, guise; modus operandi, MO; procedure etc. ... show more

Roget 541: learner, scholar, student, pupil; apprentice, prentice, journeyman; articled clerk; beginner, tyro, amateur, rank amateur; abecedarian, alphabetarian; ... show more

Dutch: promotie
Polish: kurs

14 form

An ability to perform well.

15 form

A life-size dummy used to display clothes.

synonyms: manakin, manikin, mannequin, mannikin.

Dutch: buste, confectiepop, mannequin, paspop
Polish: manekin

16 form

A mold for setting concrete.

verb

1 form

Create (as an entity):
— Social groups form everywhere.
— They formed a company.

synonyms: organise, organize.

Roget 537: teach, instruct, educate, edify, school, tutor; cram, prime, coach; enlighten etc. (inform) 527.    inculcate, ... show more

Roget 60: reduce to order, bring into order; introduce order into; rally.    arrange, dispose, place, form; put in order, set in order, place in order; set out, collocate, pack, ... show more

Roget 58: be in order, become in order etc. adj.; form, fall in, draw up; arrange itself, range itself, place itself; fall into one's place, take one's place, take one's rank; rally round.    ... show more

2 form

To compose or represent:
— This wall forms the background of the stage setting.

synonyms: constitute, make.

Roget 54: be composed of, be made of, be formed of, be made up of; consist of, be resolved into.    include etc. (in a class) 76; contain, hold, comprehend, take in, ... show more

Roget 161: produce, perform, operate, do, make, gar, form, construct, fabricate, frame, contrive, manufacture; weave, ... show more

Roget 56: enter into, enter into the composition of; be a component etc. n. be part of, form part of etc. 51; merge in, be merged in; be implicated in; share in etc. ... show more

3 form

Develop into a distinctive entity.

synonyms: spring, take form, take shape.

Dutch: vorm krijgen

4 form

Give shape or form to:
— Form the young child's character.

synonym: shape.

Dutch: vormen

5 form

Make something, usually for a specific function:
— Form cylinders from the dough.

synonyms: forge, mold, mould, shape, work.

Roget 144: be converted into; become, get, wax; come to, turn to, turn into, evolve into, develop into; turn out, lapse, shift; run into, fall into, ... show more

Roget 240: form, shape, figure, fashion, efform, carve, cut, chisel, hew, cast; rough hew, rough cast; sketch; block out, ... show more

6 form

Establish or impress firmly in the mind.

synonym: imprint.

7 form

Assume a form or shape.


Moby thesaurus: Berkeleianism, Hegelianism, Kantianism, MO, Masan, Neoplatonism, Platonic form, Platonic idea, Platonism, Procrustean law, SOP, absolute idealism, accumulate, acquire, act, adjustment, algorithm, allocation, allomorph, allotment ... show more.

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